That Placido Domingo and James Levine, the Met’s inexorable septuagenarians, would team up yet again—on April Fools’ Day, no less—for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra occasioned an uncomfortable degree of doubt and dread. Read more »
The Met’s 2016-2017 season opens on September 26 with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, directed by Mariusz Trelinski, and starring Nina Stemme and Stuart Skelton. The season will include the Met premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s 2000 opera L’Amour de Loin, as well as new stagings of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Dvorak’s Rusalka, and Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Read more »
Don’t miss the Encores! production of The Golden Apple, a whimsical and wildly ambitious show that introduced the classic torch song “Lazy Afternoon” and was hailed as a theatrical milestone in 1954. Inspired by the myths of The Iliad and The Odyssey, Jerome Moross and John Latouche’s musical conjures up the bygone days when pie-baking contests were cutthroat and lovers eloped in hot air balloons. Encores! is delighted to present The Golden Apple to a new generation. May 10-14 only! Read more »
“Several current and former Met employees and a member of the board said in interviews this week that while Mr. Levine was a beloved figure, they hoped he would soon take on an emeritus position that would keep him involved in the company as part of a graceful exit.” [New York Times]
“Mr. Luisi won praise replacing Mr. Levine time after time, particularly in a costly version of Wagner’s Ring cycle—though, perhaps in a sign of the situation’s delicacy, the two conductors have never met in person.”
La Cieca thinks she knows who the murderer is.
Even when he’s not conducting the production, or, for that matter, even after the production is closed, Maestro Levine remains a presence on the Met’s website.
Although the season is less than three weeks old, Metropolitan Opera audiences may hear nothing else this season as beautiful as Peter Mattei’s “Song to the Evening Star.”